Washing machines move a lot of water – it is their job. Water goes into them, is moved around with great force, and then rushes out the drain. When you think about it, it is rather impressive that washing machines don’t leak all the time. Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to handle a leak when you do have one.
If you are dealing with this problem, the easiest and fastest way to get the right help is to contact an appliance repair company such as American Appliance Repair. You can call us at 800-640-9934 or keep reading to learn about some of the troubleshooting fixes that might help.
Take a Look at Your Laundry Detergent
If your washer is front-loading, and it is leaking from either the back or underneath, then you might have sudsy detergent. This is most common with soft water coupled with too much soap, concentrated soap, or soap that is too strong for the washer. You will know this is the issue by looking at the water that is leaking. If you can see soap in it, then it is likely an issue with the detergent.
Turn Off the Washing Machine’s Water Valves
If there is no soap in the water, then the issue is likely something else. The next step is to turn off the water valves. Go behind the washer and twist them clockwise (i.e., to the right). If the handles and/or connections are both wet, or if one of them is, then this could be the cause of the leak. If they are dry, then twist them until they are firmly shut. This will stop water from flowing, which can make it easier to troubleshoot and can reduce damage.
If the valves are wet, consider how wet. If there is a slow dribble from a loose connection, then this is likely fairly easy to deal with. If the valve is so wet that it is likely the source of the puddle-creating leak, then you might need to replace the o-ring. You can also call American Appliance Repair for professional help.
Check the Water Line Connections
If the issue is still not resolved, then it is time to check the water lines. These run from the valves to the back of your washer. Run your hand along each of the connections to see if they are wet. If it is leaking, it will generally drip from the lowest or outermost point of a bend. If the yare both dry, check the point at which they connect to the washing machine. If any of these are damp, identify where the dampness is coming from.
If these troubleshooting options do not fix the problem, then it is time to contact the professionals. You can contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 now.